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In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea", Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that come along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred ("Fred" to her friends). The queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme, but Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the King, and the Jester, isn't going to be quite so easy to get rid of. Written by
The original Broadway production of "Once Upon A Mattress" opened at the Phoenix Theater (At a total of five separate theaters!) on May 1, 1959, ran for 244 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Best Musical. Carol Burnett was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Actress in a Musical. See more »
During the Happily Ever After number, Princess Fred gets up on the table and kicks off the books stacked there but when we look down a few seconds later the stack she just kicked off on the right side of the table as we face it has returned. See more »
Queen Aggravain (Carol Burnett) is ruthlessly testing any princesses who wants to marry her pampered son Prince Dauntless (Denis O'Hare). No one is allowed to marry until Dauntless finds a suitable mate. Lady Larken (Zooey Deschanel) is pregnant. She and Sir Harry (Matthew Morrison) are desperate to get married. Sir Harry travels to the Badlands and returns with Princess Winnifred (Tracey Ullman). The Queen plans an impossible test with a pea under 20 mattresses. King Sextimus (Tom Smothers) is muted due to a curse.
It's the classic musical as a TV movie. It's probably loads of fun for Broadway lovers. Personally, I don't like this show or any of the songs. For this production specifically, I don't like Ullman. I don't find her endearing. She has too much anger. I also don't like Lady Larken. The TV production looks fair but there are too many little things that annoy me.
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